Some of friends are so super green they have worm farms and no car (shock horror), so I always feel guilty when I get my disposable nappies out of the change bag. To feel less guilty I have tried more eco-friendly nappies (Nature Baby), but last time I used them they caused such bad nappy rash that I had to go back to Pampers and Huggies.
Bambo eco disposables were a pleasant surprise. Not just because of their performance, but also their green credentials.
They’re one of the most eco-friendly disposables – they’re around 70-80% biodegradable (compared to Moltex for example, a leading eco alternative, which are 50%+ biodegradable).
They’re lovely and white (unlike some of the eco-brands) but this is achieved through oxygen bleaching, which is kind to the environment.
They look much like the mass brands. Slim in appearance and with a baby-ish picture on the waistband (which, personally I’m not so fond of, though the cartoon turtles and hippos are much less tacky than Huggies & Pampers Disneytastic designs).
As someone who will not sacrifice efficacy for environment, I thought that these were fabulous. They coped with my baby boy’s most challenging outbreaks and they soaked up all his wee-wee without leaving his bot and boy bits damp or red. They did seem to ‘pad out’ more quickly than Huggies/Pampers though, but this certainly isn’t a problem for daytime usage.
Size wise, they overlap on the weight bands – just bear in mind if your baby bridges two weight bands. My 20 pounder was much happier in the size 4 (17-39lb) than size 3 (11-22lb).
It’s never easy to compare nappy costs, because brands use different size packs, different weight bands and there are always offers on in the supermarkets! Buy from Beamingbaby and size 3 (11-22lb) pack of 56 (for example) costs Â£11.99. This works out at 21 pence per nappy. Compared to 30 pence for a green friendly Moltex nappy from the same store. Or 16 pence for a Huggies nappy at Sainsburys.
My credit is crunched, what with being on maternity leave, so it’s a fair bit more expensive than the un-green alternative and I am wavering about whether or not I should buy. But they are certainly cheaper than the green alternatives, and if you buy in bulk this gets the price down further. At Beamingbaby you can order a trial nappy to make sure you’re happy before you spend any serious money, which is fab.
They work and they’re guilt free. You know what, I WILL order some, by jove! i think they’re great.
4 and a half /5 (I just wish they were as stylishly designed as Nature Baby nappies)